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Dehradun Tourism and Travel Guide

History - The story

The area around Dehradun has references in several ancient Hindu texts. It is known as the land of Shiva, the region where the Hindu mythological heroes Rama andDehradun Lakshmana performed penance, and the Pandavas of Mahabharata rested on their way up to the mountains. Apart from mythological associations, Dehradun was once ruled by the great Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (1st century BC), whose rock edict was found near Kalsi, just off the town. Over the centuries, this area passed from one ruler to the next, including the Sikhs, Mughals and Gurkhas. Finally, the British established it as an army base and educational centre in 1815. In the post-independence era, Dehradun has witnessed dramatic transformations, from a quiet sub-Himalayan town to a bustling commercial centre. The spiralling local movement for a separate hill state was spearheaded from this town, which is now all set to become the new capital of Uttaranchal.

How to Reach Dehradun by Air: The capital city of Dehradun has its own domestic airport named Jolly Grant Airport. Located at the outskirts of the city, the airport lies only 25kms away. Daily flight operates to and from Delhi, which is the nearest international airport. Delhi is connected by air to all the major Indian cities like: Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata etc.

How to Reach Dehradun by Road: an extensive network comprised of National Highways, Sate Highways, and metalled motorable roads make Dehradun easily accessible from any part of northern India. A few prominent cities, which have road connections to Dehradun, are: Agra (381kms), Delhi (235kms), Jaipur (493kms), Lucknow (582kms).

How to reach Dehradun by Rail: Dehradun itself is a key railway station in northern part of India. Almost all metro cities in India like: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata have direct trains to Dehradun. Several important trains also connect the city with Varanasi, Lucknow , Mussoorie and so on.

Shopping

Who wants to return from a tour without buying souvenirs or gifts for friends and relatives? If you are looking forward to a great shopping in Dehradun before returning from the tour, the city would not disappoint you.

Uttaranchal has a tradition of handicrafts. Dehradun being the capital of the state has good market places. So you can easily find the specialties of Uttaranchal in the markets of Dehradun.

DehradunLike all the Himalayan regions, Uttaranchal is also rich in forests. Abundance of wood has been the reason of exquisite woodcrafts prepared by the local artisans. Check out artifacts and utilities fashioned out of wood, bamboo and cane while shopping in Dehradun.

Woolen garments mostly made by the Tibetan women are also popular items for shopping in Dehradun. Warm and beautiful sweaters, cardigans, shawls at dirt-cheap prices are available at the markets round the year.

Local painting and ornaments may also feature in your shopping list in Dehradun.

There are many places for shopping in Dehradun. But Paltan Bazaar area, lined with various shops is the most popular haunt. You may also hang out at Rajpur Road and Ashley Hall areas.

Hotels in Dehradun

Hotel Maduban,
Great Value
Hotel President
Hotel Aketa
Hotel Shiva Residency,
Hotel Meedo’s Grand
Hotel Raj Deluxe
Hotel Pacific Dehradun
Hotel Maggi Star
Hotel Inderlok